Belmont Stakes Week 2010

The images of Belmont Stakes week.

Welcome to Belmont Park for the 142nd Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Rise and Shine, it's time for the Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Rick Samuels

The Belmont field was set pretty early, with only Interactif emerging as a new contender.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

First Dude spent 2 weeks getting acquainted with the big turns of Belmont.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Trainer Alexis Barba kept a sharp eye on her charge Make Music for Me.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

And Make Music for Me thrived under her care.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Bob Hut, Managing Partner of Fantasy Lane Stable, is all smiles, despite having to coordinate the 59 owners of Uptowncharlybrown.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Uptowncharlybrown

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Game On Dude went through his paces under the watchful eye

Photo: Rick Samuels

of Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Fellow Hall of Famer Nick Zito had 2 to keep an eye on. Icebox

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and Fly Down.

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Drosselmeyer was looking like a winner on the Belmont strip.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Belmont Stakes week began in earnest with the draw.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

The joy of draw day was diminished by the announcement of the retirement of Jockey Richard Migliore.

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Dave in Dixie drew the rail, appropriate since Calvin Borel has the mount.

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The number 3 hole belonged to Uptowncharlybrown.

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Make Music for Me scoffed at his 10-1 morning line.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Stablemates Fly Down (left) and Ice Box can't get away from each other, they drew the 5 and 6 respectfully.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Lucky #7 for Drosselmeyer

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Stately Victor was a picture of concentration.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Stay Put was a newcomer to the Triple Crown.

Photo: Rick Samuels

First Dude seemed unphased by drawing the #11 post.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Interactif drew the outside post for the Belmont run.

Photo: © 2010 Rick Samuels

Krypton started the stakes action off with a hard fought neck victory over Nordic Truce in the Hill Prince (gr. III) on Friday.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Krypton and Rajiv Maragh survived an inquiry and an objection, before heading to the Winner's Circle.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Friday's Brooklyn (gr. II) was even closer, as Alcomo (left) just caught Gabriel's Hill at the wire.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Securing the premises on Belmont Stakes morning.

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Finding a quiet moment before the chaos of the day.

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Supplies for the big day.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Warming up the crowd

Photo: Mathea Kelley

I think they are already warm.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Looking for the Belmont winner.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Belmont Style on display.

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Taking in all the action.

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D' Funnybone sat off the early pace and rolled in the stretch to win the Woody Stephens (gr. II).

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Proviso flew down the turf to score in the Just a Game Stakes (gr. I).

Photo: Rick Samuels

Bribon went from last to first to capture the True North (gr. II).

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Champagne d'Oro led all the way to take the Acorn Stakes (gr. I).

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Winchester upset the Manhattan (gr. I), paying $44.80 for the win.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Sarah Palin was checking out the paddock, rumor was she liked First Dude.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

The Call to the Post for the Belmont Stakes

Photo: Skip Dickstein

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